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Garden Route Tented Camps Perfect for a Glamping weekend

Garden Route tented camps bring to mind generous mosquito nets, heavy canvas flaps opening out onto the savannah, and colonial-style Big 5 viewing with sundowners in the bush.

Not to be confused with camping holidays where caravans, ground cloths, and tent stakes predominate.

The combination of tented camps and the Garden Route goes one step further, managing to merge the best of wildlife with the beauty and lushness of the best coastal route in the country.

Here they are – Garden Route tented camps that you will love…

Teniqua Treetops

Garden Route tented camps

Top of our list of Garden Route Tented Camps is Teniqua Treetops in Sedgefield. Teniqua invites you to a luxurious, eco-friendly, eccentric treehouse holiday hideout.

The resort is very child-friendly, while the treehouses are private and far from one another making it an ideal romantic honeymoon destination.

Reflections Eco Reserve

Reflections Eco-Reserve, Wilderness, Garden Route tented camps

Set on a vlei surrounded by the Garden Route National Park, these en-suite tents are a wonderful commune with nature. The camp has access to beaches, forest, canoeing, mountains, cycling, birding and walks.

These en-suite safari tents, each with an en-suite bathroom, self-catering kitchenette also offer private braai facilities.

The Forest Dome in Storms River

Garden Route tented camps

Immerse yourself in nature’s embrace at this distinctive retreat, offering an intimate connection with the forest setting.

The Forest Dome provides all the comforts you desire, complete with a TV, private hot tub, and gas barbecue area, allowing you to revel in the enchanting ambiance of the forest for an unforgettable getaway.

Peace Of Eden in Knysna

Garden Route tented camps

Indulge in a retreat amid the embrace of nature in vintage-style canvas tents, perched on timber decks amidst lush ferns and forest foliage. Each tent offers a double bed, a small table and two chairs.

The site has four separate communal timber huts, including a fully equipped kitchen hut, a toilet hut, and the renowned ‘Loo with a view,’ as well as a shower hut nestled among the forest trees.

Fly Me To The Moon Forest Cabin

Garden Route tented camps

We had to include this in our Garden Route tented camp options, even though it’s not really a tented camp.

Fly Me to The Moon forest cabin in Plett includes a canvas tent-like bed with a drop away sash window that is pure magic. It’s super cute and popular with guests.

AfriCamps at Ingwe, The Crags

Garden Route tented camps

These luxury boutique camping tents in The Crags lie between the vibey town of Plettenberg Bay (10 minutes drive away) and the village of Natures Valley.

Each large tent sleeps five guests in two bedrooms. These garden route tented camps have hot tubs, air-con, lounge area, fully equipped kitchen, dining area and a veranda with loungers.

The Cocoon in Storms River

The Cocoon is nestled amidst a lush canopy of trees. It offers an immersive experience for stargazers and nature enthusiasts alike.

With all the conveniences of contemporary living, inside is a King-size bed, a TV equipped with Netflix and reliable Wi-Fi.

Fernhill Tented Treehouses

garden route tented camps

Fernhill is a mere 15 minute drive to Knysna and the beach at Buffalo Bay, while only being 20 minutes away from Sedgefield.

Each treehouse sleeps 2-4 guests, has its own wooden deck with tree views of the forest on the farm. King-size beds, sleeper couch or a bunk bed and the wood-panelled en-suite bathrooms are equipped with a spa bath and shower.

The Wild in Wilderness

garden route tented camps

Nestled under trees with abundant birdlife and surrounded by nature with partial views of Island Lake, The Wild is offers a glamping experience in the heart of the Wilderness National Park.

This garden route tented camp has a queen-size bed and sleeper couch for 2 kids and the cabin tent has 2 single beds. The camp has a deck with braai and the kitchen is fully equipped.

AfriCamps at Oakhurst

garden route tented camps

Soak up the views of the mountains from your own private wood-fired hot tub. It’s the purest form of relaxation. On hot summer days, use the tub as a splash pool.

The tents sleep 4 – 5 guests, have hot tubs, air-con, lounge area, fully equipped kitchen, dining area and a veranda with loungers where you can relax and enjoy the view.

The Dome in Storms River

garden route tented camps

The Dome is a hard cover clear dome with surround curtains. A Queen-size bed with an electric blanket, there is an outdoor bathroom with a shower with eco heater, hairdryer and towels. Plush blankets, luxury linen, slippers and gowns complete the room.

Outside is an eco friendly wood fire hot tub with hot and cold water and eco-friendly bubbles… This is a very popular addition to our list of garden route tented camps.

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